My Approach to Helping
A cancer diagnosis is a stressful, life-altering experience. When facing cancer, you need support in every new stage of treatment, from the shock of diagnosis, through chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or surgery, and as you transition to survivorship once treatment ends. Support is even more crucial for women with a stage IV diagnosis, who are living with cancer as a chronic illness or seeking acceptance at the end of life. Wherever you are in your journey with cancer, I'm here to help you navigate this new reality. I provide supportive therapy to adult women with any cancer diagnosis, women caring for loved ones with cancer, and "previvors"- women with a genetic predisposition to cancer. I specialize in helping women with all stages of breast cancer, and run a local breast cancer support group.
My therapeutic style is warm, empathetic, and supportive, and focuses on your inherent strengths and coping skills. I approach cancer from a whole-person perspective and believe that emotional health is an important part of healing and overall wellness. Therapy offers a safe place to ask questions, to think creatively and problem solve, and to let yourself be vulnerable during this difficult time. In our work together, I create space for you to process and grow through your experience with cancer.
More Info About My Practice
In addition to my office in Fairhaven, I offer home-based therapy to a limited number of clients. These spots are reserved for clients who are actively in treatment, or who have lasting physical effects from their cancer. I offer free 30-minute consultations to all prospective clients, to discuss your concerns and see if we are a good match before starting therapy. Please contact me to schedule a consultation!
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My area of specialization is working with women who have a cancer diagnosis. Before starting my private practice, I worked as the oncology social worker in a large community cancer center in Maryland. I have extensive experience in the field of psychosocial oncology, and I am knowledgeable about many types of cancer and treatment options including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. I also work with women caring for someone with cancer, to help navigate the unique challenges faced by caregivers. I can help with questions about insurance, Social Security disability, and employment rights.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
A cancer diagnosis can provoke many thoughts, feelings, and questions. Therapy offers a place to cope with a new diagnosis, process all the information you receive from your doctor, and plan for returning to normal life after treatment ends. Therapy gives you a place to discuss whatever is on your mind, which might include:
- Depression, anxiety, or stress resulting from your diagnosis
- How to share your diagnosis with family, children, friends, and coworkers
- Body image and physical changes resulting from treatment
- Concerns about relationships, intimacy, and sexuality
- Planning for the future with advance directives